This and That sort of morning around here
Some new scooter adjustments, because you knew there would be. Mosey’s Sweet 16. Purdue Day of Giving. Old Jeff Neighborhood tour. Rolling out the Laughayette Comedy Festival. And more.
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It’s a This and That sort of morning here at Based in Lafayette …
MO’ SCOOTERS, MO’ PROBLEMS: West Lafayette officials, saying they’ve fielded their share of complaints about Veo-branded scooters released onto Purdue’s campus and city streets in the past month, put out instructions Tuesday about how to flag improperly parked rides and other scooter-related questions. Erin Easter, the West Lafayette development director, told the board of works that the city had been working with Veo about telling customers about parking in appropriate places, including designated scooters spots paint around the downtown area.
The city encouraged people who found scooters blocking sidewalks or causing other issues to use the instructions here to report the problems. The idea is that concerns will be passed to Veo’s local operations team and someone will be dispatched to fix the problem.
Purdue brought Veo – a company founded at Purdue – to campus after spring break in March. West Lafayette signed off in early April on permits on Veo’s mixed fleet of 300 seated scooters and 150 standing scooters. Spin, another scooter company, pulled its fleet from West Lafayette near the end of 2022.
OLD JEFF NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR: Preserve Historic Lafayette has quite a thing going in recent months with these tours of near-downtown buildings and neighborhoods. They continue Saturday, with a walking tour of the Historic Jefferson Neighborhood, just east of Ninth Street and north of downtown Lafayette. Preserve Historic Lafayette touts the tour as self-guided, with multiple docents, storytellers and entertainment at each stop in what once was Lafayette's German district, with homes, businesses and churches dating well into the 19th century. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for high school and college students and free for children. To reserve a spot, email Wabashtrust@gmail.com.
SWEET 16 FOR THE MOSEY: Lafayette signed off Tuesday on a 16th year for Mosey Down Main Street, a monthly festival with bands and vendors set up between Sixth and 11th streets in downtown Lafayette. “We’re going to keep up our shenanigans, if you will,” Ken McCammon, a founder of the Mosey and president of the Friends of Downtown, told the city’s board of works Tuesday morning. The first Mosey Down main Street of the season will be 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The other dates: June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 2.
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YWCA’S CLAY BOWL GIVING PROJECT, TODAY: A late notice here, but the YWCA’s Clay Bowl Giving Project will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 26, at the YWCA, 605 N. Sixth St. The deal: For $30 in advance or $35 at the door, you’ll get lunch and a bowl crafted by Greater Lafayette potters. (Extra bowls will be available for purchase at the event.) Money raised will help fund YWCA Greater Lafayette programs. For more information, here's your link.
PARKINSON’S WELLNESS FAIR: Rock Steady Boxing Lafayette will host its annual Parkinson’s Wellness and Information Fair from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at BoxFit Lafayette, at 3540 Indiana 38, Suite 202, in Lafayette. Rock Steady has classes designed for people with Parkinson’s to help them keep moving through noncontact, boxing-inspired fitness routines to stave off a disease that can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance and speech. The fair, part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, is free and will feature organizations and businesses that work with people with Parkinson’s. For more information, here’s a link.
LACES FOR LISA: The seventh installment of Laces for Lisa – and the second on a trail dedicated in 2022 to the memory of Lisa Strueh – will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S. 18th St. in Lafayette. Strueh, a McCutcheon High School and Purdue graduate, was killed by an impaired driver in April 2016 in Avon. (Here’s more about her and her family’s and church’s efforts to build a 0.4-mile community fitness trail in her name, via a story from 2022: “In Lisa Strueh’s memory, a trail for the community ready for dedication.”) For details and to register for the Laces for Lisa run/walk, go to www.lacesforlisa.com.
LAUGHAYETTE COMEDY FESTIVAL: The late, great Mayor Jim Riehle would have done justice to this one, putting the emphasis on a “Laugh” pronunciation of Lafayette. This week, the Long Center for Performing Arts, along with festival co-founders Kristin Carnes and TJ Wharry, announced the launch of the Laughayette Comedy Festival, running from Oct. 5-14. The first headliner: Brian Regan, on the Oct. 5 opening night. Laughayette Comedy Festival shows will be booked in several venues in downtown Lafayette, including main stage venues the Long Center and Lafayette Theater, and The Spot, Digby’s and Knickerbocker. For tickets to see Brian Regan and for more information as shows are announced, check www.longpac.org.
Thanks, again, to sponsor Purdue for Life Foundation and the Purdue Day of Giving today, Wednesday, April 26. And to Purdue Convocations, presenting French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy with pianist Inon Barnatan, today, Wednesday, April 26, at Loeb Playhouse, and offering incentives for Convos support during today’s Purdue Day of Giving.
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